KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11: Penang MCA secretary Dr Tan Chuan Hong has condemned Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for changing the name of “special funds” of the former Penang state government to “institutional allocation system” and having claimed credit for this feat.
“In the BN era, the Penang state government also has additional allocation to the schools in need every year. So, is Lim Guan Eng just changed the name of “special funds” of the former Penang state government to “institutional allocation system”? Once again he turned the former government’s efforts into his own credit?
“Each school has to apply for the annual allocation and assessment has to be made to repair the school. There is no fixed amount of allocation, nor guaranteed fund every year. This type of “institutional allocation system” is simply a Lim Guan Eng-style lie!” said Tan in a statement.
Tan pointed out that the so-called institutional allocation system by Penang government is actually just a school facility maintenance allocation.
“On the contrary, federal government’s allocation is a real “institutional allocation system”.
“There is a set of manuals and formulas that classify the schools and number of students to distribute perennial and monthly allocations in accordance with the system, including co-curricular activities, libraries, and teachers’ salaries and so on,” he said.
Tan said that the federal government funding is released based on the number of classes each school, plus the number of school administrators, tutors, library teachers – very systematic.
“Thus, micro and larger SJKC schools both can get reasonable allocation under the system.
“However, Penang’s “institutional allocation system” has been controversial, such as unequal allocation among vernacular schools; the allocation disparate from its role of “helping” the schools has led to the problem of evaluation too far off the mark; schools are too dependent on the state government in resulting not applying federal funding and many more,” he said.
Separately, Tan said that Malaysian government will be allocating a special fund of RM50 million to Chinese primary schools (SJKC).
“In addition, Prime Minister has also promised to allocate funds to Chinese secondary schools, proving once again that MCA is able to resolve the Chinese schools problems quickly.
“But DAP will only play a clown on the Chinese education issue without any achievement!
“Lim Guan Eng made a childish remark to urge federal government to borrow money from Penang government to help SJKC. Ng Wei Aik is more infantile to issue an arrest warrant to Deputy Minister of Education Chong Sin Woon. I would like to ask, what the infantile behaviours would do to help SJKC schools?” he questioned.